2016 / Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden “Japanese Supper Club” June 15

Storrier Stearn Japanese Garden

Storrier Stearn Japanese Garden

Kimono Display, Lecture and Demonstration  

with Mikko Nakatomi

Sunday, May 29, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Summer Cinema Nights begin with “Rikyu”  
directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara 

Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30 pm

Gates Open at 5:45 pm

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Japanese Supper Club 

Cooking and Dinner with Sonoko Sakai 

Wednesday, June 15, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

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Kimono Display, Lecture and Demonstration

with Mikko Nakatomi

Open Day 

Sunday, May 29 

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Japanese kimono, literally, “the thing one wears,” is a T-shaped, straight-lined robe worn wrapped around the body and secured by a sash called an obi. Over the centuries the garment has taken a range of forms, fabrics and designs, depending on occasion, age and gender. Though the form of the kimono is simple, dressing someone in a kimono is an art form in itself.
Mikko Nakatomi is a certified kimono dresser with over 35 years experience teaching the kimono’s history and dressing methods. She will present a display of traditional kimono in the Niko-an teahouse at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, followed by a lecture about the evolution of the kimono and a demonstration of kimono wearing techniques for men and women.

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Display of Kimono and Tea in the Niko-an Teahouse 

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lecture and Demonstration of Kimono in the Main House 

Visit every week on Open Thursday and on Open Day, the last Sunday of each month. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Reservations may be made on our website for $7.50 or pay $10 cash or check upon arrival (children under 18 are free). The garden is wheelchair accessible. Sorry, no pets allowed.

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Japanese Cinema Nights Presents

Rikyu

 directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara

Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30 pm

Gates Open at 5:45 pm

 This summer, Evenings at the Garden will present favorites of Japanese Cinema. Join us for wine, snacks and great company watching some of Japan’s greatest contributions to cinema and films about Japanese culture.

We will begin with Rikyu (1989) directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara. The award-winning and exquisite film documents the last years in the life of Sen no Rikyu, Japan’s most celebrated tea master.

As tea master to the military ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the late 16th century, Rikyu finds himself in a uniquely privileged position, with constant access to the powerful feudal lord and the theoretical ability to influence policy. Though he attempts to focus his full attention to the study and teachings of the way of tea, he cannot avoid being caught up in the political conflicts of this turbulent era in Japan’s history.
Director Teshigahara, himself a master and teacher of ikebana, brings the viewer into appreciation and deep sympathy for Rikyu’s aesthetic idealism in this beautiful exploration of art, politics and human relationships.

Gates open at 5:45 p.m. The film will begin at 6:30 and has a running time of 135 minutes. (Free with $10 admission) Reservation

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Japanese Supper Club

with Japanese home-cooking instructor and author

Sonoko Sakai

First Session: Wednesday June 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Fee: $65 per session includes ingredients (maximum of 12 people)

Menu: Vegetarian Chirashi Sushi

Sonoko will demonstrate how to make vegetarian home-style chirashi sushi with pickled ginger. Chirashi sushi is a pilaf-like vegetarian sushi that is served in Japanese homes. The vegetables are seasonal farmers market sourced vegetables. It makes a wonderful centerpiece on your dinner table all year around. Sonoko will lead the workshop but students will also be invited to participate. After the workshop, we will enjoy a delicious three-course supper together in the garden: miso soup with tofu, followed by our Chirashi Sushi and a healthy dessert of Japanese mochi and fresh fruit. (Participants may bring along their favorite beverage.) Reservation

Sonoko’s new book Rice Craft: Yummy! Healthy! Fun to Make! comes out in July. 

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 Anime and Manga Drawing Classes  

with Artist Nori Shirasu

Thursdays
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Artist Nori Shirasu has been teaching art for many years since coming to Southern California from Japan. He has taught at the Japanese American National Museum, the Getty Center, LA County Museum of Art, and the USC Pacific Asia Museum.

Japanese Manga culture began during the age of the samurai. In this workshop, students will experience creating Anime and Manga images and will understand their origins. This will be a unique opportunity to study this Japanese art form.

Children 8 and above and adults are welcome!
To register, email: info@japanesegardenpasadena.com

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Japanese Summer FestivalOpen Day, June 26 from 1:00 – 3:00
Join us and members of the local Tenrikyo Church community for a celebration of Summer and Japanese Culture with Japanese tea, snacks, art, music and culture for all the family.

Support the garden–become an Inaugural Member of the garden and help it blossom into a thriving cultural resource for the community. Visit our membership page.

Volunteer in the garden–it’s a beautiful place to work. We are working on our first gala–join the fun! Or, be a docent, help in the office or become an events assistant. To apply, email your interest to:  Volunteer!  and someone will be in touch with you.

Visit on Open Thursday every week and Open Day the last Sunday of every month. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Reservations can be made on our website for $7.50 or pay $10 cash or check upon arrival (children under 18 are free). The garden is wheelchair accessible. Sorry, no pets allowed.

  Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena CA 91105